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North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

Meetings and Workshops

Breakfast with the Commissioner

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its 15th annual Breakfast with the Commissioner on Friday, February 7th at 7:30am in the Holshouser Building at the show.  The highlight of the event will  North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler presentation of the “Excellence in Agriculture” award.  This year's award will go to Mr. Pender Sharp for his years of service to agriculture and the state of North Carolina.
Proceeds from the breakfast assist the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in “preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the rural North Carolina farming community.”   For more information, visit

NC Agricultural Development Forum

Thursday, February 6th, at 9:30 am
Holshouser Building
Now a tradition for many of those closely involved in the state's largest industry, the forum is designed to provide information that farmers and agribusiness professionals can use to plan for the coming year. Presentations and predictions from the state's leading economists are always part of the program.

The forum also features the commissioner's annual "State of Agriculture" address, where attendees can learn about ongoing and future plans to boost the state's agricultural impact. The forum will take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Holshouser Building at the show.

Breakfast will be served starting at 9:00 and Lunch starting at 12:30 (No charge/FREE for all attendees)

Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina Annual Meeting

Friday, February 7th at 10:00 am
Holshouser Building
Join fellow Tobacco Grower Association of North Carolina members for the most important tobacco meeting of the year. Hear the latest information from the field, as well as from Washington. For more information, call 919-781-2307.

Kickoff Breakfast

            The Farm Bureau's Mitch Peele will be the keynote speaker at the show's annual Kickoff Breakfast, held on opening day, and organized each year by the Wake County Agribusiness Breakfast.

            In his position with the Farm Bureau, Peele has broad responsibilities for all commodity, environmental and regulatory programs, as well as interactions with other allied organizations. With over 30 years in government relations, he has provided leadership in the areas of agricultural chemicals, biotechnology, energy, animal welfare, water resources and coalition building.

            The Wake County Agribusiness will take place at 7:30 am in the Hunt Horse Complex restaurant at the NC State Fairgrounds.  For more details on the breakfast, and to buy and tickets, contact  Dale Threatt-Taylor at 919-250-1068.

Farmland Preservation Forum

        Farmers and landowners wishing to preserve their land for future generations will want to attend a special program being organized by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Experts from NCDA&CS, the United State Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Districts, NC Farm Bureau, NCSU and land trust organizations will be on hand to educate and answer questions at this session.

        The morning program will be devoted to helping landowners better understand whether a conservation easement makes sense for their personal situation, and tips on transitioning farms to the next generation.   Topics will include the Voluntary Agriculture District Program, the Present Use Value Program, and other options available for conservation easement.  Legal experts will be on hand to participate in a panel to answer questions.

        The session will begin at 10AM in the James Martin Building, which is located just inside the main entrance to the Southern Farm Show.  Thanks to Farm Credit, attendees will be treated to a bar-be-que lunch following the session.  For more information and to register as an attendee, go to and click the Farm Show Working Lands Workshop tap. If you have questions for discussion by the experts, please email them to
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